Day 71 … Canal tour in Paris

Today we went on our delayed from yesterday canal cruise, we chose one that will take us up the Saint Martin canal.  Arrived at 9:30 for a 9:45 start, we cruised up the Seine for about 15  minutes,  past the side of Basilica Notre-Dame then turned left into the first lock which raised us up 7 meters, very interesting. Over the course of the next two hours we went through another 7 locks, raising us up from the river Seine level 27 mtrs.  The Trip did not actually take us far, maybe 15-20 klms but it was really good to see this system.  Also in a number of locations where there was a road over the canal in front of the lock, the road bridge also swung open.  When we reached our destination which was Parc de Villette, we walked a bit, found a baguette shop, purchased some lunch and went into a beautiful park &  had a picnic.  We then caught a bus back into Chatelet & home.  A great day again, tomorrow morning we leave Paris ….

The ‘love lock’ bridges are being slowly taken away & this one has paintings all along it.

The start of our cruise

One of the many bridges we passed under

  

Notre-Dame from the river

  

Another view

  

From the end of the river island Notre-Dame is built on.

  

Entering lock one, St. Martin canal.

  

In the lock

  

Look close you can see the different height

  

About half way

  

Many pleasure boats moored along the canal

 

We went through a water tunnel for 18 minutes, awesome.

In the tunnel

  

Fascinated is Rita

  

Nearly the end

  

Letting the water back in.

  

Sometimes it is very powerful.

  

Along the lock

  

Plenty of graffitti

  

And more

  

Another lock

 

Nearly at the end

The Paris Institute of Musique,

  

Lunch park

  

Park pano

  

Homes beside the park

  

Apartments

  

In front of a mural

  

Government building at Hotel DeVille plaza

  

Front view

 

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